Note from the Foundation: Raif was writing about the importance for his country to implemente reforms especially for the youth, etc.
Thomas L. Friedman
Foreign affairs, globalization and technology.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia is a country that is easier to write about from afar, where you can just tee off on the place as a source of the most austere, antipluralistic version of Islam — the most extreme versions of which have been embraced by the Islamic State, or ISIS. What messes me up is when I go there and meet people I really like and I see intriguing countertrends.